Instructor, Department of History
This page showcases work by students in my classes (posted with permission only.)
First-Year Seminar, Immigrant Colorado, Fall 2018/Fall 2019
The website with student-produced content! The whole class is centered around creating data visualizations from the U.S. census & producing public-facing content about immigrants in Colorado.
Also, Conner Sinjem, who was the learning assistant for the course in 2018, took an independent study with me and produced a poster that he presented at the American Historical Association annual meeting in 2019.
Essays, unessays, and websites
Sometimes I require students to make websites (usually some variant of an "archive" project, where students find primary sources and create an archive or exhibit out of them.) Recently I've also started offering students the option to either write an essay or do an "unessay" – basically any kind of a project they want, as long as it fulfills overall assignment parameters and there's a defensible thesis involved, if not explicitly then at least implicitly. Below are links to some examples of both essays and unessays – these represent the best essays or the best/most fun unessays; posted with permission of the creators.
From the Cold War Consensus to the Counterculture (HIST4435), Spring 2020
As before, the final project asked students to pick a topic from the 1945-1973 period in U.S. history and research it in newspapers (and magazines) from the time. This exceptional group of students (who were working in the middle of a pandemic, no less) produced a great crop of projects. Samples below, check them out!
Brianna Ciancio, Outside the Counterculture (slide deck) – Brianna's project made use of the quarantine to present counterviews of the counterculture in a creative way: she dressed up her housemates in 60s garb and photographed them along with quotes from real newspaper headlines from the time to remind us that the counterculture wasn't popular among everyone.
Rosie Graham, Feminine Domesticity and Anti-Communism (website) — Rosie's project explores the complexities of women's activism, in particular the activism of conservative women, using newspaper articles, video clips, and more.
Sorcha Riby, Alternative Newspapers' Responses to Critiques of Draft Resisters' Masculinity (essay) — Sorcha did some serious research in the 1960s alternative press and the mainstream press, and concludes that perhaps the alternative press' views weren't all that alternative on all fronts.
Taylor Schalk, Political Repression during the Second Red Scare: The Hollywood 10 and the Blacklist (Esri StoryMap) – Taylor's StoryMap cogently (and with lots of humor!) examines the Hollywood filmmakers and screenwriters who resisted the questioning of the House Un-American Activities Committee (they included Dalton Trumbo, who went to CU briefly in the 1920s!).
The Vietnam Wars (HIST2166), Fall 2019
Team 5 (Diego O'Hare, Zachariah Velasco, Grace Neirynck, Jake Kingston): Military Dissent in the Vietnam War
The Vietnam War in Politics and Culture (HIST4166), Summer 2019 (online)
Drew Hombach, The Demise Of A Great Society (website – archive project)
From the Cold War Consensus to the Counterculture (HIST4435), Spring 2019
The final project asked students to choose a specific topic – anything related to the period – and research it in newspapers. People chose really cool topics that were very enjoyable for me to read about: the role that rock played in youth culture, the history of oral contraceptives, the Memphis sanitation workers' strike that Dr. Martin Luther King was supporting when he died, the Detroit Revolutionary Union Movement, the breakup of the Students for a Democratic Society, the space race, the Taiwan Straits crisis, and many more. A few samples below.
Viola Burlew, No Novelty in Necessity: The Exclusion of Working-Class Women in a “Working Mothers” Narrative (essay)
Mary Ellen Di Giovanni, The Fight for Wage Equality for Women in the Post War Years (infographic and accompanying text)
Kevin Shafer, MONOPOLY: Nixon Presidency (a Monopoly game board draft with an accompanying "pitch" for investors)
Sophie Wool, The Death of the Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood: Essay, Photo Insert, and Playlist – also see Note on playlist
Nation of Immigrants (HIST4726), Fall 2018
The final project asked students to take class readings and create some kind of a case study of a prominent theme in (selected) readings.
Kristen Balke, Americanization and Mass Culture (website)
Summer Carper, Memories of Migration: Museums, Memory, and Immigration (website)
Berkeley Newhouse-Velie, Obstacles to Jewish Refugee Immigration to the United States (essay)
Erin Shelby, When Immigration Became Federal (pamphlet)
Kate Foster, Amache – a Japanese internment camp in Colorado (website)
American History to 1865 (HIST1015), Spring 2017
Amelia Spann, The Life and Entrepreneurial Exploits of Simon Durand (life story essay; see assignment description)